A Virtue Semantics

South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (1):27-39 (2008)
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In this paper, I propose a virtue-theoretic approach to semantics, according to which the study of linguistic competence in particular, and the study of meaning and language in general, should focus on a speaker's interpretative virtues, such as charity and interpretability, rather than the speaker's knowledge of rules. The first part of the paper proffers an argument for shifting to virtue semantics, and the second part outlines the nature of such virtue semantics.

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Cheng-hung Tsai
Academia Sinica, Taiwan


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